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Kaze No Stigma

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Plot

Four years ago, Kazuma Kannagi was defeated by his cousin Ayano Kannagi for the right to be the successor of Enraiha, a sword passed down in the Kannagi family. His defeat, along with his lack of talent for En-Jutsu, the fire arts, the Kannagis' specialty, resulted in his banishment from the family. Now, Kazuma returns as Kazuma Yagami, a skilled master of Fū-Jutsu, the wind arts.

Characters

Main characters

 

Kazuma Yagami (八神 和麻, Yagami Kazuma?) Voiced by: Daisuke Ono Kazuma is a former member of the Kannagi household. He was banished from the family by his father after being defeated by Ayano during the successor ceremony for Enraiha, his family's sacred sword, due to his inability to use En-Jutsu. Four years later, at the age of twenty-two, he returns to Japan as a skilled master of Fū-Jutsu. As a Fū-Jutsushi, Kazuma's powers are extensive. Apart from being able to fly even while holding three people, Kazuma can launch blasts of wind that act as blades, and manipulate wind spirits to create a barrier, protecting his body from physical harm or reflecting light in order to camouflage himself. He can also retrieve information from a person's mind, though this often results in the person's death. It has also become apparent that he possibly has the ability to manipulate electricity, given that high speed wind friction creates static electricity. Kazuma is also a Contractor, having entered into a contract with the Kaze no Seirei-Ou, the Wind Spirit Lord. Thanks to that, Kazuma is able to draw upon all wind spirits in the atmosphere, which can amplify his powers, and allow him to heal his wounds. When using that power, his eyes turn azure blue. However, this ability puts a strain on his body. Also, when Kazuma is extremely angered, his eyes turn crimson red and his wind turns black. In this state, he has no qualms in hurting others with his abilities, as long as he gets what he wants. However, when in this state, his overall powers seem to be weaker than when he is in his regular state; when Ayano helps him snap out of his rage, he states that his black wind is pathetic. It is later revealed that after Kazuma was banished from his family, his only desire became achieving great power. He traveled to a small town in China, where he caused all kinds of trouble. That is until he met Tsui-Ling, whom he fell in love with and eventually lived with. Kazuma no longer desired power and along with working part-time at a restaurant with her, he also took up a job as a freelancer, doing simple odd jobs. His happiness, however, came to an abrupt end when an organization used Tsui-Ling as a sacrifice to summon a powerful demon. Blaming himself for failing to protect her, Kazuma once again sought out great power, thus his making a contract with the Wind Spirit Lord. Some time after becoming a Contractor, he killed the one responsible for Tsui-Ling's death. Later, two years prior to the series' beginning, Kazuma made a name for himself as the demon-like wind mage, who did not hesitate to hurt others as long as his task was completed. However, his personality began to turn for the good once again after returning to Japan and meeting Ayano; admitting near the end of the series that he could now love another person besides Tsui-Ling.

 

Ayano in the anime version
Ayano Kannagi (神凪 綾乃, Kannagi Ayano?) Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura Sixteen year old Ayano is a skilled En-Jutsushi and the successor to the Kannagi family's head. She is arrogant and irrational, usually taking action by herself even while going against orders. Though she seems undisciplined, she is very proud of her heritage. Despite claiming to hate Kazuma, Ayano develops a crush on him, but is often irritated when he makes a move on her and is prone to throwing fits of rage when he gets close to another woman. She later comes to realize that she is actually in love with him. Kazuma is also the only person she sees as stronger in power and presence than even her own father. Ayano's power is the Crimson Flame, although she is not yet able to consciously control it. She also holds Enraiha, the Kannagi's sacred sword, which she won by defeating Kazuma at the successor ceremony four years before the start of the story. The sword has fire properties and can be summoned by Ayano at any time.
Ren in the anime version.

Kannagi familyRen Kannagi (神凪 煉, Kannagi Ren?) Voiced by: Rika Morinaga Kazuma's younger brother. He looks up to Ayano and practically worships Kazuma, stating that one day he hopes to be as strong as him so he can protect everyone. Ren has the appearance of a bishōnen, which sometimes earns him the contempt of some of his male classmates. Even so, Ren appears to be very popular at his school, excelling in his studies and in his athletic abilities. His biggest admirers include Suzuhara Kannon and Serizawa Tatsuya, who both seem to be extremely fascinated in him. Ren later falls in love with a girl named Ayumi, only to find out that she is just a clone created to be sacrificed at a ritual. Even after saving her from the ritual, she still dies due to having a short life span, but not before she can tell him that she also loves him. Despite Ren's feelings of inadequacy early on in the series, Ayumi's death inspires Ren to become stronger so he can protect the ones he loves. Ren's power is the Golden Flame, said to have the largest purification effect. Genma Kannagi (神凪 厳馬, Kannagi Genma?) Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama Ren and Kazuma's strict father. Though he is responsible for banishing Kazuma from the Kannagi family, he only wanted his son to find his own path in life. Like Kazuma, Genma has trouble expressing his feelings in front of others; in fact, the both of them are so headstrong that when they meet, they immediately break out into a destructive battle. Genma is the strongest En-Jutsushi of the Kannagi's, and wields the blue God Flame, Shinen, which only eleven others have wielded since the founding of the clan. Jūgo Kannagi (神凪 重悟, Kannagi Jūgo?) Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma Ayano's father and Genma's cousin. He is the current head of the Kannagi family. Jūgo worries about his headstrong daughter. Contrary to the Kannagi doctrine that is based solely on strength, Jūgo has been trying to stop discrimination against the Fūga Clan. He also regrets not being able to stop Kazuma's expulsion from the family. Believing that Kazuma is essential to the Kannagis, he constantly creates situations in which Ayano can form a relationship with Kazuma.

Others
Kirika in the anime version
Kirika Tachibana (橘 霧香, Tachibana Kirika?) Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara A detective working for the Tokyo MPD's Special Investigation Unit, in charge of investigating crimes related to jutsu. She occasionally works together with Kazuma. Her department aims to become the new partner of the Kannagi family, filling the gap made by the Fūga Clan's betrayal. To that end, they assist the Ōgamis by investigating and tracking other users of jutsu. She is later revealed to be an Onmyōji, a practitioner of the Yin Yang arts who can cast spells through chants and charms. Yukari Shinomiya (篠宮 由香里, Shinomiya Yukari?) Voiced by: Yuka Inokuchi One of Ayano's best friends and classmates. Yukari, along with Nanase, often teases Ayano about her apparent crush on Kazuma. She is well-connected to the information network of the student body and often knows what is happening around the school. Nanase Kudō (久遠 七瀬, Kudō Nanase?) Voiced by: Shizuka Itō One of Ayano's best friends and classmates. She and Yukari know about the existence of jutsushi. Nanase is also a very athletic student, who is part of many of their school's athletic clubs, and is admired by many of the female students. Takeya Ōgami (大神 武哉, Ōgami Takeya?) Voiced by: Taketora A member of the Kannagis, Takeya is part of the party initially sent to bring in Kazuma for questioning. He is killed in the first episode by Ryūya after being knocked down by Kazuma. Misao Ōgami (大神 操, Ōgami Misao?) Voiced by: Kana Ueda Sister of Takeya, who was the only person kind to her. Although a kind person at heart, having saved Kazuma from bullying ten years ago, Misao blames Kazuma for her brother's death, and becomes a pawn in Michael's plan to take him down. In the end, Kazuma convinces her to atone for her sins by living on, and she is later instructed by Jūgo to retire to a convent. Tsui-Ling (翠鈴/ツォイリン, Tsoi Rin?) The girl Kazuma could not protect. She was sacrificed by Burnheart Rhodes to summon a demon. Rhodes then used a spell to gather her remaining essence into a being called Lapis. Before her sacrifice she and Kazuma worked in a restaurant and were in love. In the last episode, it is found out that her last thoughts were "Kazuma, I want to kill you." Katherine McDonald (キャッサリン マクドナルド, Kyassarin Makudonarudo?) Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi A member of an American family of En-Jutsushis, specially skilled in creating and controlling spirit beasts to harness flames. She manipulates myriads of spirits into a single virtual persona to grasp tremendous power. While seemingly capable of creating different spirit beasts, her favorite is Metatron, an angel-like statue equipped with a sword. Kazuma has observed and mentioned that her fighting style is similar to Ayano's, referring to their simplistic and direct attacks, which lack any strategy or tactics. A rival against Ayano in both En-Jutsushi and Kazuma's "love".

EnemiesRyūya Kazamaki (風巻 流也, Kazamaki Ryūya?) Son of Hyoue Kazamaki, leader of the Fūga Clan, which served the Kannagis for the last 300 years. In an elaborate plot to release the Fūga Clan's ancient master and take revenge on the Kannagis for the humiliation received since then, Ryūya's body becomes the host for a powerful yoma. Later on, he is killed in a joint attack by Kazuma and Ayano. Michael Harley (ミカエルハーリ, Mikaeru Hāri?) Voiced by: Eri Kitamura A young boy from the Stars of Sagacity, an organization related to Kazuma's past and Tsui-Ling's death. He uses Misao's anger at Kazuma and promised to grant her wishes. In truth, he only uses her as a medium, in order to obtain enough yoki, or life energy, to kill Kazuma. He is killed by Ayano's Shinen empowered Enraiha. Wernhard Rhodes (ヴェルンハルト・ローデス, Verunharuto Rōdesu?) The chairman of Armagest, a powerful organization of modern magic users. He holds a grudge against Kazuma for killing his master. Lapis (ラピス, Rapisu?) Voiced by: Yui Makino The entity that was made in Tsui-Ling's image by Burnhart. It is revealed in episode 20 of the anime that Lapis has a heart, so she can feel the joy in hurting others, among other emotions.

TerminologyThe Spirit Art Users (精霊術師, Seirei Jutsushi?) The spirit arts are split into elements such as fire, wind, Earth, and water. The Fire Arts (炎術, En-jutsu?) The fire arts are most effective for combat. Users of En-Jutsu are known as En-Jutsushi and can draw upon flame spirits. The Kannagi clan and McDonald clan are two famous En-Jutsu user families from Japan and America, respectively. Common powers include emitting fireballs. Enraiha (炎雷覇, Enraiha?) A sacred sword with fire properties, given to the successor of the Kannagi family. It was supposedly given to the Kannagis by the Honō no Seirei-Ou, Flame Spirit Lord. Ayano, who won the right to carry it when she defeated Kazuma at the succession ceremony four years ago, is able to summon Enraiha whenever she pleases. Should it be flung from her hand, it can materialize there again. Later in the series, Kazuma is shown to be able to use his Contractor powers on Enraiha to temporarily allow the sword to possess the blue God Flame, Shinen. The Flame Spirit Lord (焔の精霊王, Honō no Seirei-Ou?) The founder of the Kannagi clan originally entered into a contract with him a thousand years ago, and the Kannagi family derives their strength from his power. Fire of Purification (浄化の炎, Jōka no Honō?) The fire of purification has the power to exercise youma from their hosts or environment. The Kannagi clan is in charge of purifying and eradicating evil youma in Japan, due to their contract with the Flame Spirit Lord. Ren Kannagi, who uses the Golden Flame, is said to have the largest purification effects. The Wind Arts (風術, Fū-jutsu?) The wind arts are most effective for reconnaissance. Users of Fū-Jutsu are known as Fū-Jutsushi and can draw upon the wind spirits. Fū-Jutsushi are able to conceal their own presence and are better at detecting elemental users. The Fūga clan of Fū-Jutsushi served the Kannagis for 300 years but is eliminated in the course of plotting revenge for their subjugation. The Wind Spirit Lord (風の精霊王, Kaze no Seirei-Ou?) The Wind Spirit Lord, whom Kazuma has entered into a contract with. Wind of Purification (浄化の風, Jōka no Kaze?) The Earth Arts (地術, Chi-jutsu?) Users of Chi-Jutsu are called Chi-Jutsushi. The Tsuwabuki clan is known as the most powerful of Chi-Jutsushi. Common attacks are making spikes rise from the ground, and creating earthquakes. The Water Arts (水術, Sui-jutsu?) The water arts, known as sui-jutsu, are said to be strong against En-Jutsu however it is completely erased when up against a higher level en-jutsu user. Spirit Familiars (精霊獣, Seireijū?) Wind Fang Clan (風牙衆, Fūga Shū?) Contractor (コントラクター(契約者), Konturakuta(Keiyakusha)?) A Contractor is a person who enters into a contract with a Spirit Lord. That contract grants the user the power to call upon all the spirits (of a certain element, depending on the element of the Spirit Lord) in the atmosphere or even tap into the power of the Spirit Lord. Contractors are said to have the most power, but their use of it is very limited, as that great power would put a strain on their body. In most cases, a portion of the powers of the Contractor would last through their lineage to future generations. Special Information Storage Room (特殊資料整理室, Yokushu Shiryō Seiri Shitsu?) Jingi (神器, Jingi?) An item given by a Spirit king. It can amplify one's power to the extent of a contractor. Kokūsen (虚空閃, Kokūsen?) Elixir (エリクサー, Erikusa?) A product of alchemy, which is said to be extremely rare. It heals any injury inflicted upon a person. Youma (妖魔, Yōma?, lit. Ghost) Youma are demons that appear throughout the story. They can possess people and give them power while devouring their souls. They are considered to be evil spirits and are used in evil ways by some Jutsushi. Most youma do not have names as they are not of great importance. Slime (スライム, Suraimu?) Youma in the form of a slime. They cover people and absorb their life energy Belial (ベリアル, Beriaru?) The strongest of all Youma. It was partly summoned by Burnheart via Lapis to from the sacrifice of the seeds in order to destroy Tokyo and bring Kazuma despair. However, it was prevented from doing so by the combined powers of Kazuma's Contractor attack, Ayano's God Flame, and Ren's fire attack.

Media
Kaze no Stigma light novel volume 2.

Light novel

Kaze no Stigma began as a light novel series, written by Takahiro Yamato and illustrated by Hanamaru Nanto, serialized in the Japanese seinen light novel magazine Monthly Dragon Magazine, published by Fujimi Shobō, a subsidiary of Kadokawa Shoten. It began serialization in January 2002, and as of April 2007, is still running. Eleven bound volumes have been published — six main volumes and five short story compilations. The latest main volume was released on October 20, 2005, and the latest short story volume went on sale in Japan in December 2007.

Manga

A manga series illustrated by Neko Miyakai began serialization in the Japanese shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age on April 9, 2007. As of September 2007, one bound volume has been published by Fujimi Shobō.

AnimeSee also: List of Kaze no Stigma episodes

Gonzo's Kaze no Stigma animated TV series aired on Japanese broadcasting channels between April 11, 2007 and September 20, 2007, containing twenty-four episodes; it aired in a late night slot. The series was directed by Junichi Sakata. The first DVD release of Kaze no Stigma was released on August 24, 2007.1 The anime's opening theme is "Blast of Wind" by Saori Kiuji. The first ending theme is "Hitorikiri no Sora" by Saori Kiuji and the second ending theme is "Matataki no Kiwoku" (瞬きのキヲク, "Matataki no Kiwoku"?) by Ayumi Fujimura, Yuka Inokuchi and Shizuka Itō.

The major difference between the novel and the anime is the significant darker tone in the novels. Kazuma is much more of a darker character in the novel which depicts him killing most of the antagonistic characters in the series while the anime changes these deaths so Kazuma is uninvolved with them. Other scenes involving gruesome deaths are simply removed.2

Kaze no Stigma RPG.

Role-playing game

A Kaze no Stigma RPG, published by Fujimi Shobō, went on sale in Japan in June of 2007. The game is designed by Kiyomune Miwa, and uses the Standard RPG System.

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